CraftED: Kaleidocycle Beading with Daria Tittenberger

Workshop Description:

Combining ideas from origami and engineering, the Kaleidocycle is a beaded three-dimensional marvel designed by the design team of the Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Project. It is built from hinged sets of beaded triangles that can be twisted in upon themselves to reveal multiple patterns.

You will use circular peyote stitch to bead four triangle designs and then explore how multiples of the four designs relate to each other as they take their place within the Kaleidocycle structure. Finish by learning about hinge construction as you assemble your turning machine.


Class Layout:

  1. Circular Peyote Stitch  1.5 hrs
    1. Overview of techniques, beads, tools and supplies
    2. Circular peyote stitch
      • Increasing and decreasing stitches
      • Stitching a triangle
  2. Reading/Creating Charted Designs  1.5 hrs
    1. Reading and using charted triangle designs
    2. Creating a charted triangle design
  3. Design Considerations  1.5 hrs
    1. Exploring pattern relationships within the Kaleidocycle structure
    2. Creating a charted triangle design
  4. Joining Multiple Components 1.5 hrs
    1. Techniques for assembling multiple components
    2. Hinge construction


Supplies to Bring:

  • Beading needles, beading thread, set of coloured pencils or markers, pen & paper
  • Optional supplies: task lamp, extension cord, and magnifiers or reading glasses if needed


Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Produce samples of circular peyote stitched triangles
  • Reproduce peyote stitch patterns from a charted design
  • Create a charted peyote stitch design
  • Assemble multiple components into complex, inter-related patterns


Skill Level:

Beginner/Intermediate with previous experience with peyote stitch



Workshop Runs: September 14, 21 + 28, 2019

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Registration: $120

  • Registration is non-refundable


Registration deadline: August 28, 2019


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